A CCD Précis of “None is Still Too Many: An Historical Exploration of Canadian Immigration Legislation As It Pertains to People with Disabilities”
While trumpeting the values of diversity, Canada’s current immigration practices exclude immigrants with disabilities who are deemed likely to place an “excessive demand” on health and social services. The ethics of these practices are challenged by Dr. Roy Hanes, Associate Professor of Social Work at Carleton University and a member of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) Social Policy Committee, in a paper titled “None is Still Too Many: An Historical Exploration of Canadian Immigration Legislation As It Pertains to People with Disabilities.”
- Is it ethical to deny citizenship to people with disabilities on policies that were created over 140 years ago?
- Is it ethical to institute human rights reforms to immigration legislation yet leave people with disabilities uncovered?
- Is it ethical for policy-makers to create legislation that puts undue hardship on families and loved ones?
- Is it ethical to make decisions about the value of individuals based solely on their level of impairment?
- Is it ethical to maintain legislation that perpetuates stereotypes and fails to recognize the value of all people?